Chile’s once and future President Michelle Bachelet has won a runoff election after promising profound changes in society in response to widespread street protests.

With more than 57 per cent of the votes counted, Ms. Bachelet has an unbeatable 63 per cent to 37 per cent for the center-right’s Evelyn Matthei.

A moderate socialist, Ms. Bachelet served as president in 2006-2010, then ran the United Nation’s women’s agency.

She now has a new centre-left coalition and promises to finance education with higher corporate taxes, reduce the wealth gap, protect the environment and reform the constitution.

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